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In the process of designing P/J bass

 
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dofthesea



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:08 pm    Post subject: In the process of designing P/J bass Reply with quote

What might be everyones favorite bass pick ups now? I was thinking I might do a J/P pickup combo.... what are people are doing these days. I'm looking for more of a boutique style pickup not how cheap can we get these and still sound good. I've been looking at Lollars, Fralin's and Nordstram's but not if i want these. I don't have a ton of experience with basses 99% of my knowledge is guitar based.
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jaybones



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Bartolini 18V's in my jazz. My almost in my hands P will probably get a Quarter Pound or Geezer pickup.
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Basshappi



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might consider Honey Badger. They were developed and used by Regenerate Guitar Works in their custom instruments and are reasonably priced. I have a set of their prototype Jazz pups and they are very good.

http://www.honeybadgerpickups.com/
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Nathan



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a similar thing, trying to improve a Squier VM Jag bass. I went through a few and settled on Fralin stock wind P and a handwound J which uses Musicman-sized alnico magnets I got on ebay. I found that the J needs to be quite a bit hotter to match the P in output.

The Fralin +5% was still much too quet but this one does match nicely. It's around 10k with 44 ga. wire. I really wish I knew who the maker was, these are terrific but I could not find ANY info online. I still have the matching neck pickup but nothing to put it in!

Anyway I found any ceramic magnets to sound sterile & lifeless. The Fralins NAIL the vintage tones -rich & organic. Though I bought the set I just had to ditch the +5% J. I had sililar results with a Sentell J using alnico 3 bar magnet, Lace Alumitones and to a lesser extent the stock Duncan designed.

FWIW I have stacked 500k pots and 0.1 caps with flatwounds (Chromes). Works great to my ears!

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